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The Farley Foundation 2017-2018 ANNUAL REPORT

The Farley Foundation was established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association in 2002 to assist low-income pet owners who can't afford to pay for veterinary care for their beloved pets.

The Farley Foundation is based on a belief in the human-animal bond – that the relationship between humans and animals has an impact on the physical and emotional well-being of both parties. The foundation was created to assist elderly, disabled and other pet owners who depend heavily on their pets for love and companionship to be able to continue to enjoy the company of their pets for as long as possible. ~ Dr. Dale Scott, Farley Foundation president
Subsidizing the cost of veterinary care

Letter to donors

The Farley Foundation reached major milestones over the past year. Since opening its doors in 2002, the foundation has now disbursed over $3.8 million to assist more than 9,200 low-income pet owners to pay for veterinary care for their beloved pets.

The foundation’s success would not be possible without the incredible support it receives from individual donors, both within and outside of the veterinary profession, who give generously and raise money through events like Ride for Farley to support people and animals in need. The foundation also owes a sincere thanks to the many corporations who have made contributions, either by sponsoring fundraising events or by generously donating to support the foundation’s work.

Last, but certainly not least, the foundation would like to thank the hundreds of veterinary practices across Ontario who participate in Fundraise for Farley Month, the foundation’s largest fundraiser, and help to raise funds for the foundation throughout the year.

To everyone whose support has enabled the Farley Foundation to make a difference in so many lives, thank you for your generosity, your trust, and your commitment to assisting pet owners and pets in need. With your continued support, the Farley Foundation will be able to assist even more people and pets in 2019.

Yours in philanthropy,

Dr. Dale Scott, President & Doug Raven, Executive Director

WHY I GIVE

We have been regularly donating for several years for two reasons. First, pets bring so much love and joy into a home, and we like assisting low-income individuals and those with disabilities who would otherwise not be able to care for their pets. We also donate to let family, friends and neighbours who have lost their pets know that a contribution has been made in their name to honour their pets. The Farley Foundation does great work and we're proud to be able to contribute in any way we can. ~ E & J, Newmarket, Ont.

Your impact: who we helped

Sharing our lives with an animal helps us treat stress, depression, high blood pressure, and increases social interaction and physical activity. The simple act of petting an animal has been shown to lower your heart rate and increase a sense of well-being. Looking after our pets also contributes to our sense of purpose. For many who are elderly or have a disability, or who are struggling financially, this is critical to their well-being.

Michelle & Thor

When Michelle's guide dog Thor fell ill and needed life-saving emergency surgery, Michelle wasn't sure how she would afford the veterinary care for her daily companion. Happily, the Farley Foundation could help. "I'm so thankful this was a positive outcome for both of us," she says.

I just want to say thank you for all your support regarding my dog Chichi’s dental surgery. I rescued Chichi from a very neglected home and she's my baby. I'm disabled and really appreciate the foundation’s help. ~ Lori

During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the Farley Foundation paid for veterinary care for 930 pets, including:

  • 549 dogs
  • 374 cats
  • 2 guinea pigs
  • 2 rabbits
  • 3 birds
  • 1 rat
  • 1 chinchilla
My health problems have worsened and, as I live by myself, (my cat) Cashmere has been an invaluable support. Unfortunately, after a few years her health deteriorated. She became diabetic needing injections twice a day, and now suffers from hyperthyroidism, needing pills twice a day. We make a great pair! While I've spent a considerable amount of money on her, without the generous help of the Farley Foundation I wouldn't have been able to look after her, and I don't want to think what my life would have been like these last 11 years without her. As Cashmere and I are both now seniors with a variety of health problems, I want to offer a heartfelt thank you to the Farley Foundation for the opportunity to keep on living and loving together.” ~ Bill

In 2017-2018, the Farley Foundation assisted:

  • 624 Ontario Disability Support Program recipients
  • 112 Ontario Works recipients
  • 93 Canada Pension Plan Disability recipients
  • 90 seniors receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement
  • 8 participants in OVMA's SafePet Program*
  • 3 retirement homes/long-term care facilities

*The SafePet Program helps to find temporary foster care for the pets of women seeking refuge in an Ontario women's shelter.

A few months ago, the Farley Foundation kindly helped me and my service dog, Tundra, who had developed a urinary tract infection. I have always been self-reliant, but since becoming permanently disabled, I now live on disability pensions and require Tundra’s services every day, 24 hours a day. Tundra’s health is crucial to my own well-being, which is why her illness came as a shock, and paying for her unexpected medical treatment became a huge burden. I was so relieved the day I found out the Farley Foundation was going to help Tundra and me – it makes me teary every time I think about it! I will forever be thankful for the support we received from the Farley Foundation. Thank you, thank you, thank you! ~ Shelley

Dave & Midnight

A few months ago, Dave rushed his cat Midnight to their veterinarian after noticing Midnight was straining to urinate. Their veterinarian discovered Midnight had a life-threatening blockage and needed emergency surgery. Dave relies on the Guaranteed Income Supplement and was worried about how he would afford his best friend's surgery. Happily, his veterinarian knew about the Farley Foundation and applied for funding. Midnight received the veterinary care he needed and a treatment plan to prevent further issues. Now fully recovered, Midnight is back home in the loving arms of his very relieved owner.

Special events

About half of the funds raised by the Farley Foundation in 2017-2018 came from three fundraising events:

  1. Summit Veterinary Pharmacy Ride for Farley
  2. Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month
  3. OVMA/Farley Foundation Golf Tournament

The Summit Veterinary Pharmacy Ride for Farley was held in September 2017. Veterinarians, friends and family rode up to 160 km in Milton and several other locations across the province, raising $50,000 for the Farley Foundation. The foundation extends its sincere appreciation to Summit Veterinary Pharmacy, the event’s title sponsor, for supporting the event financially, and providing volunteers and support vehicles. A big thank you also goes to the riders and donors, with special recognition going to Dr. Matthew Richardson, who raised more than $16,000.

2017 Summit Veterinary Pharmacy Ride for Farley.

Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month was held in October 2017. Hundreds of veterinary practices across Ontario pitched in to raise more than $253,000 in support of the foundation. Events included dog washes, raffles, pet costume contests, even a curling "bone-spiel". Thank you to all the participating clinics! The top fundraiser was Taunton Road Animal Hospital in Oshawa, which raised $12,100. The Farley Foundation would also like to thank title sponsor Merck Animal Health Canada for its generous support.

Veterinary practices across Ontario participate in 2017 Bravecto Fundraise for Farley Month.

The OVMA/Farley Foundation Golf Tournament was held in August 2018 at Victoria Park Golf and Country Club in Guelph. The event included 120 golfers who enjoyed a great day on the links and raised $25,000 for the Farley Foundation. Thank you to the golfers and the many companies that supported the event, and for their support of people and pets in need.

2018 OVMA/Farley Foundation Golf Tournament.
“Thank you for allowing me to keep my best buddy without having to pick between his health, and food or electricity. You give dignity to people who have been beaten down on a regular basis. I wouldn't be here if not for him. From the absolute bottom of my heart, thank you.” ~ Tanya

In January 2018, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association launched the OVMA Pet Health Insurance Program. One hundred per cent of the proceeds from each policy goes to the Farley Foundation to help more people and pets in need.

Financials

Because the Farley Foundation is administered by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association, its overhead costs are very low. That means that more of every donor dollar goes towards assisting pets and pet owners in need.

WHY I GIVE

As a pet lover, the Farley Foundation touched my heart because it allows people to keep the animal they love and not be deprived or go through the experience of giving up an animal due to financial difficulty. Thankfully, I'm affluent enough to donate. ~ Isobel, Brampton, Ont.

Board of Directors

Thank you to the Farley Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Dr. Dale Scott, President
  • Ms. Bonnie Kotnik, Vice-President
  • Dr. Cheryl Birss
  • Dr. Andrea Chapin
  • Dr. Rob Jones
  • Dr. Matthew Richardson
  • Dr. Debbie Stoewen
  • Mr. Randy Valpy

Helping People. Healing Pets

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